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but -- the space needle in seattle last night as the clock struck midnight and the state and ushered in a new law making marijuana legal. it raises questions about the drug war more widely is being waged. it is the subject of a new documentary, "breaking the taboo," which criticizes the narcotics trade. we sit down with those who produced the film. >> the amount of people consuming drugs worldwide is growing dramatically. the number of people going to prison is growing dramatically. and countries that are present about drugs are suffering. and the people in particular are suffering. countries like portugal and spain, which are treating it as a health issue rather than a criminal issue are getting on top of the problem. >> are you advocating the legalization of drugs? >> globally, we have tried different approaches. the legalization of canvas or the regulation of canada's, would like to see -- seecannabis or the regulationcannabis, would like to see country try that. we would like to see the regulation. correct here in the united states today, possessing small amounts of marijuana becomes legal in
by voters last month, and took effect at midnight. in seattle, about 100 people marked the occasion by smoking joints beneath the city's iconic space needle. technically, doing that in public remains against the law. marijuana is still illegal under federal law. but the justice department has not said if it will try to block the washington state law or a similar statute in colorado. same-sex marriage also became legal in washington state today, and in maryland. gay and lesbian couples in both states began picking up marriage licenses. those in washington state have to wait three days to be married. same-sex weddings in maryland will begin on january first. maine will legalize the practice on december 29. the three states are the first to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. in economic news, new jobless claims fell sharply last week, after a temporary spike in the wake of hurricane sandy. and on wall street, stocks managed modest gains today. the dow jones industrial average added 39 points to close at 1,374. the nasdaq rose 15 points to close at 2,989. the u.s. senate has ove
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